Well it looks like my work is cut out for me once again. I had to travel to the northern Midwest and packed my shavette instead of a straight. So when I pulled it out and shaved with it I noticed the difference right off the bat. The blade was sharper. And my feelings were hurt. **side note** I didn't know that I had any. It's been such a long time since they made their presence known I had assumed that they all were dead. I have a feelings coffin and everything to keep them in. I'm scared to open it for fear of the stench of rotting feelings infusing the house. **End of side note** So I guess that I'm going to have to work on getting my straight's edge sharper. I had been satisfied with the performance...but I want sharper still. At least as sharp as the shavette. I have noticed that my handling of the razor has actually improved these past months. My speed of Shaving was very nice. (I started with shavettes and graduated to straight Razors) So I guess I'll break out the arkies and get to honing.